Nature Index supplements


Nature Index 2018 Earth and Environmental Sciences

For every top ten country producer of Earth and environmental sciences except China, output has been declining. Climate change is the issue that looms largest.

Nature Index 2018 Japan

Has Japan’s contribution to high quality scientific output continued to decline?


Nature Index 2017 Science Inc.

This supplement investigates the changing role of corporate institutions in the world of science and the costs and benefits to high-quality research of these evolving arrangements.

Nature Index 2017 United States

This supplement reveals that the country’s output of high-quality research in the natural sciences has declined over the past five years, following on from long-term declines in federal funding for research and development.

Nature Index 2017 Science Cities

Science thrives in cities. With two-thirds of the global population projected to live in urban areas by 2050, cities will become even more distinctly the domain of knowledge and innovation.

Nature Index 2017 Saudi Arabia

Through investment in research and education – and a new focus on maximising the commercial value of its academic prowess – the country is beating a path to reducing its reliance on oil.

Nature Index 2017 Innovation

Nature Index 2017 Innovation examines the connection between high-quality research and the commercialization of new products and services

Nature Index 2017 China

This report looks beyond China’s continued increase in publication output and examines how it holds up in other factors that contribute to a functioning research ecosystem.

Nature Index 2017 Japan

Japan’s status as a science superstar is vulnerable. This supplement examines Japan’s efforts to arrest the decline and return to form as an innovative nation.


Nature Index 2016 Collaborations

The supplement highlights some of the most fruitful collaborations between institutions and countries, such as those resulting from the bonds between China and the United States.

Nature Index 2016 Australia and New Zealand

The supplement highlights these countries’ quality natural science research.

Nature Index 2016 Rising Stars

This supplement identifies the ascendant performers in the world of science.

Nature Index 2016 Saudi Arabia

In 2015 Saudi Arabia had the largest growth of its region in the production of high-quality research tracked by the Nature Index, propelling the country into a leading position.

Nature Index 2016 Japan

Japan is among the top producers of high quality research in the Nature Index, but new analysis reveals this position is being challenged.


Nature Index 2015 China

Nature Index 2015 China reveals the country’s output of high quality science continues to grow – a trend that shows no signs of slowing.

Nature Index 2015 Collaborations

The supplement paints a picture of global research partnerships and yields insights into the power and impact of joint research.

Nature Index 2015 Global

The supplement explores research productivity — as well as patterns of collaboration — across nine global regions.

Nature Index 2015 Asia-Pacific

The supplement highlights research excellence in Asia-Pacific, home to some of the world’s most dynamic centres of science and technology.


Nature Index 2014 China

The supplement shines a spotlight on China, and analyses the country’s Nature Index outputs during calendar year 2013.

Nature Index 2014 Global

The supplement analyses global outputs from the Nature Index during the previous calendar year.